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Student Affairs

Scott F. Smith, Ph.D., Vice President
Maria Luisa Alvarez, Ph.D., Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
M. Eileen McDonough, Ed.D., Associate Vice President
AnaMaria Rodriguez, Executive Assistant

Landon Student Union 300
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Purpose Statement

The Student Affairs Division of Barry University adheres to the philosophy that students succeed when all aspects of their development are at the optimum level.

The developmental purposes of the division are personal growth, the coordination of out-of-the-classroom activities, the general well-being of individual students and student groups, as well as the establishment of a caring environment where learning can take place. This developmental approach to total education embodies the university's mission statement and emphasizes such traits as values, maturity, and responsibility of self and others, within a religious dimension while maintaining a sense of community service.

Members of the Student Affairs staff believe that the student’s education is primarily his or her own responsibility. There will be times when individual students will need direction, counseling and encouragement and the staff stands ready to serve as a support system to help students embrace the mission of the university.

The Vice President for Student Affairs is the university official charged with coordinating the programs of Student Services. Those areas staffed by Student Services professionals are: Campus Ministry, Career Center, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services, Student Health Services, Housing and Residence Life, Center for Student Involvement, Public Safety, Student Union, and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Students are involved in all aspects of the Student Affairs Division through departmental advisory committees and meaningful involvement with each staff member of the division. Further, there is a close working relationship with the Student Government Association, the Residence Hall Association and other student groups.

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